Even if you don’t need planning permission for your loft conversion, the process still takes a while and it’s important to plan properly so that you minimise disruption to the rest of your life and get the loft conversion you want, when you want it.
We have worked on a huge number of loft conversions throughout London, Essex, Middlesex, Herts, Kent, and Surrey. Here are some planning tips based on that experience to make sure that you get exactly what you want.
Seasons Don’t Matter
If you’d like to add a loft conversion to your home, there’s really no need to wait until it warms up or until summer to start the work. We work throughout the year, and unless the weather is extreme it won’t have an impact on your deadline or work. It’s best for us to work around your timeframes, rather than the seasons.
Let Us Know About Important Dates
If you have a baby on the way, family coming to stay over, or any other important dates coming up, let us know. Loft conversions typically take 6-8 weeks, so if you have a deadline get in touch as soon as possible so we can plan around your needs.
Learn About Your House
If you’re building a loft conversion as a permitted development, it’s really important that you know about existing permitted developments added to your home. These are counted per house, rather than per owner, so if you have a kitchen extension or a garage that wasn’t part of the original building, you may need to ask for planning permission for your loft. Checking these details will spare you a lot of work later on.
Ask About the Designs
Blueprints and designs can be difficult for people outside the industry to understand, so if you have any questions please don’t be afraid to ask. It can be incredibly frustrating to buy furniture for a loft conversion, for example, and realise that it won’t fit. If you’d like to make any changes to the design or you’d like to change anything, it’s best to do that at the beginning rather than making changes later on.
- Get in touch sooner rather than later to get your loft conversion completed by a set date
- Let us know about any important dates coming up so we can plan around them
- Make sure your know about any existing permitted developments on the house (or we can help you find out)
- Make design changes early on (if you want them)
- Ask questions about your design and the process so you understand what’s happening and when